Summer Reading Program

THE PROBLEM: 598 million people in Africa have no access to electricity. They have no clean source of light, so they use kerosene lamps, which are unhealthy, expensive, and unsafe. Kerosene lamps are a poor source of light as well, and kids are unable to see well enough to do their homework after it gets dark outside.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: For every 5,000 minutes read by Bellingham-area children this summer, we will purchase a solar light bulb for a family in need. The more you read, the more light bulbs we will buy! Make sure you log your minutes read, so that we can count it. Pick up a reading log, or create an online reading log. Help us build a better world! And you can get prizes too…for every 500 minutes (8 hours, 20 minutes) you read this summer, you can get a book or a prize of your choice.


The Summer Reading Program runs from Monday, June 26 through Friday, August 18. The big kick-off event will be Wednesday, June 28 at 7:00pm at the Bellingham High School auditorium with an awesome magician, Matias Letelier! Matias won the award for Best Children’s Magician in NY four straight years. There is no cost to attend the program and no registration is necessary. If you are looking for a fun family event, stop by!

Additionally, there will be nearly 150 children’s programs during the eight weeks of the summer reading program for children of all ages. These programs include story times, crafts, family events, and performances ranging from puppet shows and animal programs to Giant Candy Land and stuffed animal fun! There’s something for everyone.

Also, when you’re looking for a book to read this summer, it might be a good idea to check your summer reading list first.

The 2017 Summer Reading Program at the Bellingham Public Library is sponsored by the the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library, the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.